Posted by Jessica Latinović on September 16, 2016 in Events, Find A Grave, In The Community, Website


Announcing our 3rd Annual Find A Grave Community Meetup!

We are hosting this global meetup starting on Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9th to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave, and to document those cemeteries and gravesites that are not currently on our site.

Cemeteries are incredibly valuable to family history research. Volunteers who build memorials for each grave and ensure all cemeteries are documented around the world help those who are unable to visit these cemeteries in person.

We know a lot of this is done on an individual basis, but why not take this chance to meet fellow cemetery lovers in your area? That’s why we’ve organized an entire weekend to come together as a group in your local community to meet one another while you do what you love to do.

In the past two years we had meetups in hundreds of cities and we hope to continue that success.

How to Participate

The first step is to see if your city is listed on our map here. If it is, click on name of the city to see the cemetery (or if the city is large, a list of cemeteries) that will be hosting the event. If you find a cemetery you want to help with, log into the Find A Grave Forum and join the event.

If your city is not located in this list, we encourage you to contact a cemetery near you and ask them if it would be alright if you visited between Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9 to take photos of graves which will be uploaded to FindAGrave.comPlease be sure to ask permission before you arrive.

Once the cemetery confirms this is ok, please add your event to the global calendar.

  • To do this, you will need to be a member of Find A Grave. It’s free and you can sign up here.
  • Then, you need to sign up for the Community Forums, which is also free.
  • If you’re just creating a login for the Find A Grave Community Forum, you will receive a confirmation email after creating your account that states your registration is pending approval. The approval email should be received within a few minutes after confirming your email address and account.
  • Once you are logged into the Forums, just register for an existing event or add your own.
  • If you wish to add your own, simply fill out the registration form above the map to submit your event, and we’ll add it to the global calendar within 48 hours.

What to Do at the Cemetery

To ensure a successful day, we encourage you to look up the cemetery you will be visiting and go through the list of the outstanding photo requests. Some cemeteries have one and others have dozens or hundreds of open photo requests. Then work with cemetery staff a week or two before the day of the event to locate the graves you are wishing to photograph on a map. Most offices are more than happy to look up the name and provide the section and plot number for each request. Just please keep in mind asking them to do 100 might be taxing on their staff. Let them know how many you are trying to fulfill and then let them advise what makes the most sense based on their own resources.

We have put together a page of resources for you here. Be sure to review this guide before heading out to the cemetery. Items include cemetery etiquette, a link to download the Find a Grave mobile app where you can batch upload photos (iOS and Android compatible) and where you can easily search for your local cemetery.

Make a day of it. Bring the family out. Meet other volunteers. Get to know your local cemetery staff a little bit better. Help those who cannot get to the cemetery in person by securing a photo of their ancestors grave sites (with or without the marker).

Then upload all the photos you take to If you are fulfilling a specific photo request for someone, you can go to the main cemetery page (this is the page for the cemetery that has the total number of records, photos of the cemetery, a map, etc.) and then click on “# photo requests.” Scroll down until you find the right person and then click on the ‘fulfill’ link on the right. You can upload the photo there and they will be notified you have done them a great service. And if you decide to share any of this on the social web (events, photos, videos, etc) please use hashtags #FGDay and #FindAGrave!

Here are some other FAQs you may find helpful:

And last, but not least, share your participation in Find A Grave weekend on social media and invite others to join you!

Follow Find A Grave on Facebook or Twitter to share which cemeteries you’ll be visiting and any tips you have for those participating for the first time!

Jessica Latinović

Jessica serves as U.S. Social Media Manager for Ancestry.


  1. Margaret E Ullman

    I’m a member of and I use Find-a-Grave almost every day and love it. However for the past week this site is constantly being attached by malicious software. Is there some thing that can be done to prevent this? Thanks

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Margaret, @Gensleuths and @Kerry: We’re sorry to hear that you’ve all experienced these issues. There is a whole class of malware devoted to hijacking ads on web sites and inserting their own ads. If you have a bad plugin or virus, there’s unfortunately not much we can do from our side. If you are experiencing strange pop-up ads or other anomalies on your computer, try looking for and removing malware. Here are some links that have instructions for this issue and we hope this can help. and

  2. Gensleuths

    I, too, have seen the attempt considered unsafe regarding Find-a-Grave on multiple occasions (approximately 2-3 times a day) – not coming as a threat when first opened but after about a couple minutes while working within the Find-a-Grave framework while adding associated memorial numbers to different people found without their parents or spouses. Yes it would be nice to not have those “Chrome Warning Alerts” and “Threats” announced while working in Find-a-Grave, since I have been working in the system for a very long time without this issue up until about 3-4 weeks ago.

  3. Kerry

    I join this conversation for the same reasons. I am an FAG contributor and long time user. I think all of us who do genealogy agree we would not be where we are if it wasn’t for Find A Grave; however, I no longer enjoy visiting the site because the ads slow it down or freeze it completely. I have also experienced malicious software being attached to these ads, even though I utilize state of the art virus protection. While we understand that ads are necessary to pay for the site, perhaps other options could be explored that do not involve flashing images, videos or other trojan-infested advertisements. Thank you.

  4. Jim Forcum

    I also am getting constant malicious software on FAG for awhile. Very, very worrisome! What are you doing to rid the website of this threat?

    • Jessica Murray

      @Jim, Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Your feedback is useful in helping us find and remove bad ads on our site. We are working to find these ads and get them removed immediately.

  5. MKath

    So I’m not the only one who’s having problems with ads and page-freezing on Find A Grave. I’m concerned, too, about all the unverified bios that are placed on the memorial pages. I’ve seen a lot of questionable information. Also, I don’t like seeing a memorial page for a person whose burial place is UNKNOWN. That defeats the purpose of Find A Grave. One last complaint. People are posting documents and pictures from Ancestry (or other) trees without giving credit to the Ancestry user or the person who originally posted. Just last week I saw on Find A Grave an obit I had sent my cousin. At the bottom of the obit for our ancestor I had written the source and date of the publication in my scratchy hand-writing. I didn’t like seeing it on Find A Grave without my name as source. I sent a note to the person who posted the obit, but I haven’t heard anything. Another person posted part of one of my photos–very badly–to Find A Grave page I had made for my great-grandfather. I contacted her about this and she wouldn’t tell me where she found it. (She has all my photos on her private website.) My tree has been private for a long time. Some of the photos were posted earlier and I did give descriptions and source info. for all. Maybe the best thing would be to give the person who created the memorial page more control over what is placed on it. It takes time to verify and list family names, then to link those names with other related people–often in other cemeteries. When I have them, I post my own photos. If someone posts an objectionable item to one of the FAG pages I created, they may refuse to remove it.

  6. Elaine

    I would like to know why there is not the same searching abilities to search for a person in Canadian cemeteries as there is in the USA ones? USA gives options for both the state & the county. Canada has neither – the only option being ‘Canada’ which is a big country with provinces & some being quite populated as well as has counties. It seems it would be a much better breakdown if these were added & not be searching the whole country for Browns & Taylors etc.

  7. gensleuths

    Member Services Social Support Team … In reply, I run CCleaner and Malwarebyte Anti-Malware prior to closing every night, and have a 24/7 most highly rated anti-virus protection pkg, I assumed [Oops there’s that word we shouldn’t use] I was protected the best within my means. I have the issue only within my work at Find-a-Grave – I thought it had to be a Find-a-Grave issue. I do not have the issue when working only in or any other on-site locations.
    Office Depot, during a routine tune-up, said they found no malware. I still feel the source came through some Find-a-Grave avenue … but … I guess I may never know for sure. “THANK YOU” so much for giving suggestions and 2 links to suggestions on how to deal with the issue. I will check them out today. Positive feedback is always useful.

  8. gensleuths

    Graham …. what did you mean by your comment? Were those sites embedded in a particular grave or cemetery record at FaG … or … are you saying that all FaG items are effected by one of these two sources …or… ? Should these two items have shown up as malware?

  9. Garth Woodward

    The aggressive advertisements that cause endless problems for the Find A Grave site, and also the strange inability to do a search for a name within a Canadian province or county, have unfortunately been problems with Find A Grave for many, many years. Why on earth these problems are never fixed is completely beyond me. Considering that Find A Grave has been owned by for about three years now, and nothing has been fixed, it just baffles me. It makes me hesitant to work and contribute to Find A Grave, since it functions like such a primitive poorly designed site. It makes me wonder if the site might be abandoned and die someday, since Ancestry (or whoever runs it) never fixes these basic problems.

  10. William Wetzork

    This seems to be the only forum to state this. Of late, my malware software indicates each time I go on to the Find A Graves website that it is blocking a malicious website. Please fix this, or I will find the site unusable. Thanks.

  11. Russ Gunther

    Love the site, but I agree with many of these other posts, your ads that have videos not only slow down and often freeze your page for me, but seriously bite into my monthly data download limit. Please give this matter serious consideration, thank you.

  12. Wanda Morrison Tillotson

    I always do my best to update all necessary files on my ancestors~ and I must say it’s a couple hrs here and couple hrs there. Wanda

  13. Katharine

    I’m glad to see other people talking about the slow-loading ads and malicious pop-ups I’m getting from FAG. I complained to FAG, and got the standard answer that they’re in my own computer — but all my virus/malware programs don’t find anything. And I don’t get these problems from any other website I use. It’s clear they have a problem — I just wish they were addressing it.

    • Member Services Social Support Team

      @Katharine: We just wanted to let you know that we have found part of the problem and are rapidly working to fix it. We assure you that we do not place malicious ads on the site purposefully. Thanks for your patience while we work to find a resolution.

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